|Leonard J. Paul - The Corporation Soundtrack [kpu101] - Leonard J. Paul|
Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu...
Downloads: 47,475 (2 reviews)
|V/A - Wein, Weib und Gesang [kpu072] - V/A|
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five hours in length, these s...
Downloads: 84,513 (5 reviews)
|Dub Jay - Mai EP [kpu048] - Dub Jay|
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some of...
Downloads: 12,368 (4 reviews)
|V/A - Kikapu Gold Standard [kpu050] - v/a|
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|The System Boot - Feather Shredder EP [kpu006] - The System Boot|
The sixth official Kikapu release is from Memphis, Tennessee artist The System Boot, otherwise known as Allen Morrisson. Though he has been tinkering with electronic music for over a decade, this is only his second release under this moniker, and his first for Kikapu. This exclusive EP delves into more experimental territory than Allen's previous works, and encompasses the styles of IDM, ambient, industrial, glitch, post rock, and classic video game chip tunes.
|MonoCulture - Real Anarchists Cross With The Light [kpu081] - MonoCulture|
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level.
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Downloads: 16,930 (1 review)
|evan valentine - sinister device [kpu103] - evan valentine|
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you...
Keywords: IDM; Breakbeats
|The Over Greenland - The Lost Levels EP [kpu100] - The Over Greenland|
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release.
Keywords: post-rock; guitar; electronic
Downloads: 6,214 (1 review)
|roto visage - der golem [kpu087] - roto visage|
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond melancholy ...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Noise
Downloads: 24,659 (1 review)
|Mike Verde - Hypocenter [kpu074] - Mike Verde|
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs...
Downloads: 12,560 (2 reviews)
|Roto Visage - La coquille et le clergyman [kpu111]|
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack...
|Val Murah - Val [kpu112] - Val Murah|
In the interests of time and space, we will let Val Murah describe his latest project, and the most recent Kikapu release, for us: "Strange this will be an intro for a lot of people, because it's more of a farewell to a personal era. Long story short, I put out Music 4 Lemons in the beginning of 2009 and I felt like I was completely done with electronic music at that point. I'd gone through a lot of time and scrapped albums and in the end it still felt hugely disappointing for me...
Keywords: ambient; drone; electronic; minimal
|Bubblegone - Somewhere Between Summer and Winter [kpu089] - bubblegone|
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context...
|adcBicycle - EP [kpu094] - adcBicycle|
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener...
Keywords: idm; electronic; post-rock
Downloads: 24,725 (6 reviews)
|Jenglander - Jenglander EP [kpu045] - Jenglander|
You may know Alexey Devyanin from his past releases as Stud. You may also know Brandon Reid Huey from his past releases as Crashed By Car and Red Lines. Last year the two joined up electronically via the wonderful communicative lines of the world wide interweb and collaborated on a five-track EP, presented here under the Jenglander moniker. A mellow collection of melodic electronica, these tracks take on a life of their own, while still representing each artist's respective solo work...
|Reconstructing Richard - Demeon [kpu043] - Reconstructing Richard|
kh9dERw0n is back at Kikapu with another huge helping of chiptunes. Reconstructing Richard has offered another four track EP that comes with a super-duper collection of remixes of his track "Balance Boy" by a wide variety of artists. On this release you'll hear a mix of video game-influenced noise, techno, melodica, experimental, down tempo, idm, and any other genre that you can come up with. Each remix is different in its own right, making this release undefinable and all-over-the-place...
|r_garcia - Gluteus.Freq [kpu041] - r_garcia|
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and b...
Downloads: 24,314 (3 reviews)
|Dub Jay - Perfectly Ordinary Recorded Noise [kpu076] - Dub Jay|
It's been over a year and twenty releases since we've had the pleasure of offering new material from Ohio-native Dub Jay, but the man himself is back with another four-track EP of genre-defying music that will take your breath away. Utilizing obscure source material, Dub Jay has accomplished yet again what he did earlier with his first two Kikapu EP's, Mai EP and Songs For A Room, which is to take a style of music and perfectly re-familiarize his audience with what is possible to achieve within ...
Downloads: 2,596 (1 review)
|roto visage - la muse cachée [kpu099] - roto visage|
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen.
Keywords: dark ambient; experimental
|space plans - we'reearthlings.let'sblowupearththings [kpu067] - space plans|
We're taking a big leap forward today into a slightly new and different realm of sound for Kikapu, with the debut release from Nashville's favorite legolomaniacs space plans. The band consists of three professional studio-geeks and knob-twiddlers, those being Kyleen King, Dave Jones, and Brion Bergstrom; and all three of them basically handle all of the different elements herein, whether they be guitar, bass, drums, synths, or vocals...
Downloads: 2,188 (1 review)
|souns - scenarios for the real self [kpu085] - souns|
'scenarios for the real self' was originally released on breaking tension music some time in 2003. it was the ninth release for breaking tension music, limited edition with homemade packaging, made available at one of the first 'environments' events (live ambient series, vancouver, bc). all of the material was created using an ATARI computer, AKAI S950 sampler, YAMAHA FX500 guitar effects unit and a YAMAHA MD8 multi-track recorder...
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Leenak and Makunouchi Bento - Miopedi [kpu046] - Leenak and Makunouchi Bento|
Our second collaborative project in as many releases, Miopedi is more of a split release that was planned and conceived in a collaborative fashion, rather than the usual joint EP. Hence the tracks being mixed up by the two artists. You might recognize Leenak (aka Kaneel) from a previous Kikapu single and releases on a multitude of labels such as Camomille. The duo Makunouchi Bento has been seen all over the internet as of late, with a plethora of releases on various net.labels...
|William Fields - The Ruby-Leif [kpu108] - William Fields|
file under: warm and melodic electronics, experimental compositions, beautiful ambience We have here an amazing new mp3 release from William Fields, titled 'The Ruby-Leif.' It's a 5-track EP of incredibly melodic, beautiful electronics. It harkens back to many of our older releases from past years, and is a welcome addition to our catalogue.
Keywords: ambient; idm; melodic; electronic; experimental
Downloads: 6,322 (1 review)
|butterbox - echo's answer [kpu096] - butterbox|
The debut from Brazil's butterbox is one of the most truly enjoyable releases you'll ever have the pleasure of soaking in. During the initial listen, the acoustic guitar is what will stick out the most, looping through sections that are gently fighting the piano melodies. But on further repeats, the subtle layers of rhythm and ambiences will begin to stick out their heads, and the emotion of this singular artist will finally sink in...
Keywords: ambient; acoustic
Downloads: 4,068 (1 review)
|r_garcia - travel by light rail [kpu070] - r_garcia|
Nophi Records frontman r_garcia returns to Kikapu with another gorgeously fun EP of chiptune bleeps, beautiful melodies, and remarkable riddims. One might call this a pop-centric view of the IDM sound, whatever that may be. In essence though, it's just a wonderfully enjoyable collection of tracks that will get your booty shaking and have you grinning ear to ear.
Downloads: 1,431 (3 reviews)
|raemus - Sp*m Filt_er [kpu071] - raemus|
raemus's music explores the relationship between composer and automated composition system. Using personal software created in Max/MSP, tendencies are determined, but musical details are decided by the system in a realtime improvisation. Sp*m Filt_er are a series of works that explore more melodic and harmonic relationships than previous works. Several automated players" explore similar material in different ways...
|Cellular - EP [kpu001] - Cellular|
The first official release on Kikapu is this long-tracker EP from resident superhero, cellular. cellular is Adrian Jonsson, 20, from ÃÂstersund, Sweden, and his sound lives somewhere within the realms of IDM, drill n' bass, ambient, and 8-bit electronica. This EP covers all intricacies of these styles, while not being overbearing and finding itself within a hole of one of these particular genres...
Downloads: 7,185 (1 review)
|litmus0001 - Bliss [kpu084] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 has returned with another beautiful full-length album. This new work is similar to his previous Kikapu release in the fact that it revolves around live instrumentation and improvisation that ultimately terminates in some of the deepest and most emotional ambience we've had the pleasure of offering. But at the same time litmus0001 has taken his sound to an entirely new level with the addition of more solid rhythms and structured melodies weaving in and out of the drones of a few key tr...
Keywords: Electro, IDM, Experimental
|Aplink - Galatea Galante / Four-hour Fugue [kpu090] - Aplink|
The mysterious Aplink has arrived with a short but excellent EP of ambience and drones. The tracks here focus on minimalism and the passage of time via repetition and layering; each feels like a cut out cross-section of a larger piece of composition. Insular and introspective, yet outwardly accessible to all.
Keywords: Ambient; Drone; Electronic; Experimental
Downloads: 2,641 (2 reviews)
|Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan - Guilford [kpu066] - Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan|
The realization of these two improvisational live performances by Matt Borghi and Jason Sloan as a proper release has been a long time coming, and we at Kikapu couldn't be more honored to be bringing these pieces to you now. Both tracks hover just below the half-hour mark, and both incorporate laptops, guitars, and field recordings. Jason Sloan has also produced a short video featuring footage from the recording sessions as an added bonus to this release...
|Gustav Bjorklind - Bok [kpu033] - Gustav Bjorklind|
The Swedish takeover of Kikapu continues with our latest release from Gustav BjÃ¶rklind. This release is in a bit of a different direction from what you might call a past discernable "Kikapu sound" with a definite microsound influence. Gustav claims Miles Davis, Kompakt, and coffee as an influence for these tracks, and it shows. Abstract techno with minimal clicks and cuts for breaks, these tracks are a great example of Gustav's style and a very welcome addition to the Kikapu catalogue.
|off land - rest ep [kpu092]|
The debut release of off land is a marvelous collection of subdued, melancholic ambience and electronics. Things slowly start off with minimal drones, followed by shuffling beats and anomalous guitar loops, interspersed with vocal snippets. The rest flows like water, with hints of nominal piano melodies, acoustic rhythms, bells and drones sliding in and out through this elegant collection, floating off into oblivion...
Keywords: ambient; electronic; minimal
|Paiyatuma - Arriving at Night in Ithaca [kpu114] - Paiyatuma|
“Arriving At Night In Ithaca” chronicles an imaginary nocturnal sea journey – imagine you are the sailor Ulysses, coming home after many years of travel. Wind instruments such as the bottle and flute play predominant roles in the composition, and no synthesizers were used, to emphasize its timeless qualities. “Paiyatuma” is a wind instrument project of Thomas Park and Shane Morris. The duo incorporate a variety of wind instruments including trombone, flute, and found sounds such as bot...
Downloads: 1,695 (2 reviews)
|Nick Cramer - Anti-Gravity [kpu005] - Nick Cramer|
When asked if we were interested in releasing a full album by San Francisco-based experimental musician Nick Cramer...well, it is obvious that we were quite excited at the opportunity. With the release 'Anti-Gravity', Nick takes the listener on a journey through the unknown universe, highlighted by songs of many moods and themes. Discover the beauty, danger, and mystery of space through an audio experience made for the explorer in you.
|litmus0001 - great [kpu069] - litmus0001|
litmus0001 is Jonathan Ewald, a multi- instrumentalist and gifted producer from the U.S. who creates ambient soundscapes by way of live instrumentation through a series of effects and loops. While the six string bass is his focus, his use of guitar, synth, and programmed rhythms is exemplary and helps add to the depth of his improvisations. His music has been described as "downtempo neo-psychedelic organo-electronic post-/avant-/anti-rock," and this portrayal barely scratches the surface...
Downloads: 2,337 (1 review)
|souns - lights [kpu073] - souns|
souns is an ambient project from vancouver-based DJ/producer/promoter michael red. 'lights' came out of the source material created exclusively for an event michael put together for newformsfestival 04. the event, simply titled 'a sound event', was successful in creating a fusion between modern electronic music and ancient healing sound. happening in four movements, the most intensive healing work happened in the second and third movement...
|Kikapu Podcast 006 - Winterstrand|
This podcast is an original one-hour mix from the brothers Winterstrand, featuring tracks previously released at Kikapu and other labels, as well as a slew of new and previously unreleased tracks.
|Red Lines - Noon Parachute [kpu022] - Red Lines|
With Red Lines' latest single 'Noon Parachute,' familiar chords cloaked in evocative synth textures along with intricately-constructed percussion pronounce a musical statement of warmth and clarity -- suitable for professional and at-home daydreamers alike. Red Lines (aka Brandon Reid Huey) is currently at work on a construction for volume II of the Uberkids project at Observatory and a long-player collaboration with fellow Kikapu artist Stud...
|Stryph - No Rush EP [kpu020] - Stryph|
Niklas Winde has produced exclusively for Kikapu a magnificent EP of original tracks. Everything here has a kind of 'old-school analog' vibe to it. You'll see what we mean. These tracks delve into what we here at Kikapu like to call the 'glory years' of techno - somewhere in the time period of the late 80's and early 90's. Experiments ranging from techno to minimalistics to electro make up this diversified release...
|mar.ch - Decent + Deliberate [kpu026] - mar.ch|
Kikapu's new best friend and close neighbor mar.ch, aka David Miller, drops off his first set of mp3's for you to enjoy. Ambient pads, subdued percussion, and dissonant chords are all ingredients in the mar.ch catalogue. These two tracks are exclusive to Kikapu - downloadable here for free, and also available on our Fall.02 Compilation CD (kpu.025).
|Hapbt - Apocalypse Later [kpu042] - Hapbt|
Clint Anderson has been producing music for nearly a decade now, starting off in the familiar territory of tracking at his home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and slowly working his way into other realms of software and hardware production. His analog-designed soundscapes are usually on edge, with a hint of drum n' bass and techno present as well; these tracks range from in-your-face electronics to slow melodic ambient pieces.
|off land - apt path [kpu102] - off land|
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7...
Keywords: ambient; minimal; abstract; experimental; remixes
Downloads: 6,617 (1 review)
|Pocka - Glades Fall [kpu110] - Pocka|
Collection of previously unreleased ambient tracks. Electronics, samples, guitar, field recordings.
Keywords: ambient; guitar; drone; guitar; electronic; experimental; field recording
|Eleventy-One - Random Sampling [kpu051] - Eleventy-One|
A few months ago we received a somewhat random email from Steve Chatterton, who goes by the guise of Eleventy-One, who mentioned to us that he was finishing up a new project that was of great interest to us here at Kikapu. The material presented here in this eight-track EP represents an incredibly original approach to an almost academic sound: that of sampling and mixing Bach fugues to the near point of being unrecognizable...
|Karl Zeiss - Nachtzeit [kpu003] - Karl Zeiss|
The mysterious Karl Zeiss produces another meticulously clean stream of shiny metallic beats with 'Nachtzeit'. It is known that Karl Zeiss controls the machinery of the night time with a massive array of electronic equipment. Other releases from Karl Zeiss include 'Karo' on the Red Antenna [Assembled] compilation and an upcoming track on The New Electric Policy vol. 2, also from Red Antenna.
|DJ Abstract - Kikapu Poo Vol. 1 - DJ Abstract|
DJ Abstract is helping us bridge the gap from the days of Kikapu past to the future. As we're re-launching the label this fall, we thought a mix of songs from past releases would let our listeners re-visit some great tracks and artists and help build excitement for the new releases we have planned. DJ Abstract picked fourteen of his favorite Kikapu tracks into this amazing mix. We hope this is the first of many Kikapu compilation mixes! Below is the tracklist: 01 Off Land - Time 02 Dub Jay - Six...
Downloads: 430 (1 review)
|Veem - Station [kpu058] - Veem|
Kicking off a month of ambient releases here at Kikapu, newcomer Veem bring us seven delicate tracks of beautiful ambient soundscapes. Reminiscent of some of our past ambient releases, these songs are quite spacey, dreamy, and often just slightly drifting along at times, flowing into one another quite nicely. Its headphone-listening at its best.
|Reconstructing Richard - Fun Rabbit Facts [kpu016] - Reconstructing Richard|
Definitely the most interesting release we've offered yet, here lies an EP by Reconstructing Richard. Four songs of pure 4-bit Gameboy madness. While we here at Kikapu have always been fans of the chip-music permeating the waves of the interweb, this is our first full release of microtunes. And that's not all! We are also offering you a wonderful opportunity to eavesdrop on some remixes of original Reconstructing Richard material reinterpreted by twelve different artists, some who are kikapu mai...
Downloads: 2,814 (1 review)
|mikeverde  - mikeverde|
A boy, his bong and a monosynth.
|Palsecam - We Are Just Borgs [kpu023] - Palsecam|
Lukasz Szalankiewicz [Zenial] is the leader and founder of the Palsecam collective, which is gathering some of the best electro/experimental music from demo-scene artists in Poland - and he is also a contributor to it. His music is present on many compilations in Poland and abroad. Nowadays his music is in the process of being remixed by other artists cooperating with him throughout the world. He is also a collaborator with webzine Eld Rich Palmer, devoted to experimental sounds...